Design: On the paper labels, a dedicated panel is provided for personal indexing purposes. On the right of the spindle hole a line illustration of the inventor seems to be arising from what looks like a cooking pot, balanced on the left by a matching pot over which his signature appears, and looking rather like a pile of steaming vegetables. Most elements used in the design have a soft, rounded feel, apart from the checkerboard pattern in the outer ring.
History: The name of Thomas Edison (1847-1931) is still a byword for inventive genius. The phonograph, which he developed in 1877, was but one of his many inventions to revolutionize modern society. Concentrating at first on cylinder records, Edison launched his disc records in 1912, production continuing with varying degrees of success until 1929. The 'labels' were first etched 'blind' into the record surface; Edison began using the term 'Re-Creations' for his recordings from 1916 onward. In 1921, black paper labels with white print were introduced, soon changing to white labels with black print. Scans courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany, who notes: "A vertical-cut 80 rpm (as usual with Edison). The suffix 'L' probably means "Left side' (B-side) while 'R' means "Right side" (A-side). The notation at the foot, 'Price $1.00 in the U.S.A.' appears, rather than 'Made in the U.S.A.,' as on the Edison Record." Below: a note appearing on Edison record sleeves.
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